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Values as Key Drivers of Responsible Innovation
New technological developments in areas like quantum computing, big data, robotics, block chain, artificial intelligence (AI), and the internet of things (IoT) create opportunities, but also raise ethical challenges. Ethics, especially as it was traditionally practiced, easily could be mistaken for an impediment for innovation, as always trying to put a brake on certain directions of technological process.
However, this view would not do justice to the positive role that moral reflection can play in stimulating innovation. It is when our most deeply held values are at stake – values such as privacy, transparency, safety, security, trust, autonomy and well-being – that ingenious new solutions are most needed. Ethics can thus become a driver of innovation.
Pro-Actively Addressing Moral Dilemmas Early On
Bringing values to bear on the details of design, proactively addressing moral dilemmas early on in the innovation process, can help to prevent a failed trajectory of technology implementation because of rejection by society. But more positively, designing for values can also lead to better products and services, with long-term benefits for companies, citizens and society alike.
Design for values should thus be a key strategy for companies and organizations interested in bringing about responsible innovation. This masterclass will give participants the chance to
- deepen their understanding of applied ethics in a digital era and how moral values can be conceptualized and operationalized;
- acquire inspiration and tools for starting up a process of reflection on values and design in their own organization.
For Whom Is This Master Class?
This masterclass is primarily meant for experienced mid-level to senior-level managers in companies working on innovations in the digital domain, for example in the areas of big data, robotics, block chain, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things. It is also suitable for people working at a similar level for governmental and non-profit organizations active in this area. We strive for a balanced group of participants who will benefit from each other’s experience and insights. This master class is explicitly not meant for academic researchers.
Our Top Teachers
Your host and main teacher for this executive master class will be Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, scientific director of the Delft Design for Values Institute. In addition a range of experts will guide you through various topics and cases, including:
Jeroen van den Hoven is university professor of ethics & technology at Delft University of Technology and scientific director of the Delft Design for Values Institute. He was the founding scientific director of 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (2007-2013). He is editor in chief of the journal Ethics and Information Technology and founder of the program of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) on responsible innovation. He is one of the editors of the Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technological Design. Together with Dean Cocking he recently published the book Evil Online (Blackwell, 2018).
Marijn Janssen holds the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek chair in “ICT and Governance” and is head of the Information and Communication Technology section of the School of Technology, Policy and Management of TU Delft. His research is focused on ICT-architecting in situations in which multiple public and private organizations need to collaborate, in which ICT plays an enabling role, there are various ways to proceed, and socio-technical solutions are constrained by organizational realities and political wishes
Catholijn Jonker is professor of Interactive Intelligence at Delft University of Technology and part-time professor at the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science (LIACS). All her research lines adopt a value-sensitive approach to develop intelligent agents that can interact with their users in value-conflicting situations when also meta-values no longer solve the situation. In her vision agents and robots should explain their behaviour and decisions in a context-sensitive and engaging way. More on her research
Dr. Gerd Kortuem is Professor and Chair of Internet of Things in the Industrial Design Engineering Faculty at TU Delft, principle investigator at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and member of the Delft AI Tech initiative on Meaningful Human Control of Autonomous Intelligent Technology. His research focuses on the intersection of the Internet of Things and design and explores data, algorithms, and smart materials as key building blocks for intelligent products and services.
Ibo van de Poel is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor in ethics and technology and head of the Department Values, Technology & Innovation of the School of Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft. Van de Poel’s research focuses on several themes: responsible innovation, design for values, the moral acceptability of technological risks, engineering ethics, moral responsibility in research networks, ethics of new emerging technologies, and the idea of new technology as social experiments. He is one of the editors of the Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technological Design and received several prestigious research grants.